Wal-Mart Faces Costly Lawsuit In Colorado Over Alleged Health Care Plot
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Wal-Mart is facing a class-action lawsuit in Colorado over allegedly working with their insurance supplier to "dictate, withhold, delay, deny and/or interfere with" workers' medical care.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 7,000 current employees in Colorado, alleges that Wal-Mart, its workers' compensation insurers, and several third-party groups all conspired to create and enact policies designed to deny or delay medical treatment for on-the-job injuries.
Lawyers for Wal-Mart, Concentra Inc., which operates 300 medical centers and 250 workplace clinics, and American Home deny the allegations. Spokesman Greg Rossiter told Fox News, "The health and wellness of our associates is important to Wal-Mart, and we want our associates to get the best treatment and care."
According to the National Law Journal, Wal-Mart argues the policies have been changed and, therefore, the lawsuit is no longer relevant.